Stillwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Kayaking and canoeing on a lake or reservoir is one of the easiest and most peaceful ways to enjoy the Pikes Peak region, either as a family, a couple’s getaway, or for some rejuvenation alone. With no prior experience, almost anyone can kayak or canoe on many of our local reservoirs, such as Crystal Lake, North and South Catamount Reservoirs, Rampart Reservoir, and many more local lakes and ponds.
To paddle in Colorado, a PFD (personal flotation device or life jacket) is required. Many state parks and other areas also require a noise making device such as a whistle, and daily use permit. You can rent a variety of different types of kayaks such as one-person or tandem kayaks, and sit-inside or sit-on-tops, and even some fishing specific or pedal kayaks! Don't forget your paddle!
Where to Go
Manitou Lake is a 5-acre reservoir where the entire family can enjoy fishing and hiking with a trail that runs around the lake. This small reservoir is fed by Trout Creek and has several beaver ponds above the lake. Picnic sites have tables, fire grates, and trash collection. The lake is stocked regularly by the […]
Another Stillwater option, when these lakes open there is abundant opportunity on the fly. North catamount in particular, holds some very nice lake trout that can be taken cruising the shoreline. Slow stripping streamers is my favorite method to fish here. Don’t overlook the dry fly opportunity throughout the summer as well.” – Jon Easdon, […]
Quail Lake is a 22-acre lake on the southwest side of Colorado Springs, off of Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard. The lake is stocked regularly by the Division of Wildlife and Rainbow Trout are plentiful in the spring and early summer with cooler water temperatures. Other species that populate this lake include warm water fish ranging from […]
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